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Florida’s Socialburn in the Creed mold.

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It figures that a band in which three of the four members were high school prom kings might have a little grungy angst to shake off. Socialburn, a post-grunge-influenced group made up of four friends from the hamlet of Blountstown, Fla., will bring its rock to Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 15. The group has enjoyed plenty of radio play, especially from its single "Down," following last year’s Elektra records release "Where You Are," which was produced by John Kurzweg (Creed, Puddle of Mudd). Local group Reverend Appleby opens the show at 10 p.m.; admission is $10. Japan seems like the last place to find a huge fan base for funk and jam-band music. However, a little more research reveals that Japan harbors rabid blues, bluegrass and jam-base aficionados. Proof positive is the New Orleans-based Papa Grows Funk, playing at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, Oct. 15. PGF evolved out of a weekly Monday night jam at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Club, combining members of various funk and jam musicians noted around the Crescent City — Japanese guitarist June Yamagishi, Russell Batiste Jr., John Gros, Jason Mingledorff and alternating bassists Peter V. and Marc Pero. Because their debut album, "Doin’ It," became a top seller at Tower Records locations in Osaka and Shinjuku, the group toured Japan this year, promoting their follow-up album, "Shakin.’ " The Hosty Duo, a Norman, Okla., twosome with a kinky take on blues-and-roots-rock, will open the show at 9 p.m.; admission is $8. The Peace Acoustic Cafe in Conway will host a Texas-based singer/songwriter tag team in the form of Danny Santos and Steve Brooks on Saturday, Oct. 16. Brooks hails from Austin and fuses humor and puns into clever political ditties, as evidenced in singles such as "Osama in the Autumn" and audience favorite "Inhale to the Chief." His work also has been featured on American watchdog commentator Jim Hightower’s weekly radio show. Tejano-and-country-blues folkster Santos’ music has been categorized in the Guy Clark-Townes Van Zandt school of songwriting with a common romantic thread weaving his compositions together. Starting at 7:30 p.m. each performer will do a set, then jam together living-room-style. Admission is $6; children 12 and under are admitted free. As always, the venue is non-smoking and alcohol-free. Bluesman Scott Ellison, who passes through the region regularly, has seen some of his songs show up on the CBS network TV series "Joan of Arcadia," as well as "Sister, Sister," "Eye on L.A." and the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara." Ellison emcees local blues jams in his native Tulsa, and in the 1980s he toured with such name acts as the Boxtops, Coasters, Drifters and Gary "U.S." Bonds. Ellison will appear in Hot Springs on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Schapiro’s on Central. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 501-624-5500 for more information. Some band names pique our curiosity so much that we can’t help but write about them: The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza will be part of an all-day tech-metal and scream-o show on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Downtown Music. The group’s shtick has nothing to do with the ’80s sitcom "Who’s the Boss?" or time-stepping shuffle-ball-changes. The group’s latest release is a self-titled EP with songs that are titled just as interestingly as the band’s name, including "Cliff Burton Surprise" and "Big Pun’s Not Dead Because I Just Saw Him at the Krispy Kreme." The other hardcore bands in the lineup are Statues Cry Bleeding, Hold Your Own, Among the Slain, By the Throat, Endearment and local metallurgists Mexico? Mexico! Admission for the all-ages show is $5; the cacophony starts around 7 p.m.
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